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Monday, January 04, 2010

The Exquisite Book Project

I'm really excited to see this book when it comes out this fall. Curated by Julia Rothman Matt Lamothe and Jenny Volvovski, The Exquisite Book Project features the work of 100 artists, centered around the idea of Exquisite Corpse (a game that Sean and I are big fans of! Our Follow the Leader project was very loosely based on the concept). From Julia's blog:
The book idea is loosely based on the game started by the Surrealists in the 1920’s called the Exquisite Corpse. Our version is played by 100 contemporary artists, illustrators, designers and comic artists.

Here is how our project is set up: There are ten groups of ten artists participating in the process. Each artist is contributing one page to the book. The first artist was given a few words to inspire their drawing. Each of the following artists saw only the page that immediately precedes their own. Each artist is using images (and optionally, words) to create their continuation to the story, and the inspiration for the next artist in line.

Besides continuing the story of the last artist, there is another, more visual, connection between the pages. Each artist has a horizon line in their image that starts on the left side of the page and ends on the right. Where the horizon line of the first artist’s page ends, is where it begins for the next artist. (The horizon line part has been very loose and it has been exciting to see how everyone interprets it.)
Shown from left to right: work by Mike Perry, Camilla Engman, Lab Partners, and Nick Dewar.

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